Always Use Caution
It is your responsibility to ensure that equipment is tested regularly and fit for purpose prior to use. Always check your legal requirements which may vary from state to state. Instrumentation and testing equipment shall not be used for any purpose other than as stated on the packaging or the equipment itself. Failure to do so may result in serious injury or death.
Look for Independent Testing and Certification
Verify your test and measurement tools have been tested and certified by two or more independent testing laboratories. You should compare results and make a decision to use your equipment based on risk and all available data.
Inspect Your Tools
It is recommended that test and measurement tools should be visually inspected frequently to help detect damage and ensure proper operation.
Things to looks for:
- Check for a broken case, worn test leads or a faded display.
- Inspect your test leads and probes for frayed or broken wires.
- Be sure your equipment has shrouded connectors and finger guards.
- CAT ratings that equal or exceed those of the meter.
- Double insulation.
- A minimum of exposed metal on the probe tips.
- Use the meter’s own test capability to ensure that the fuses are in place and working right. (Remember, a good fuse should show a value close to zero)
- Check your manual for specified instructions.
Using properly functioning test tools is vital to help protect yourself from possible injury or death. Test tools and instruments that fail any of these inspections must not be used and should be replaced.
Electrical Insulating Gloves & Switchboard Rescue Kits
Always choose the correct gloves for the required job. Never use gloves for voltages for which they have not been manufactured and intended for. Gloves must be tested on a regular basis.
Class 00 and Class 0 gloves are typically tested every six months, however, it is subject to use and environmental conditions. The requirements for Classes 1 – 4 gloves may vary, so please check accordingly. It is the responsibility of the client to mark or stamp the gloves on the day the gloves have been tested and approved to be put into service.
Low Voltage Rescue Crooks are for the use of Low Voltages up to 1000 Volts only. The crooks should be tested and approved prior to use. Frequency of testing varies; however, most states require testing every six months. Please seek guidance from your applicable electrical safety board for further information.
Gloves need to be visually checked and an air test should be applied before every use. Gloves must be discarded if any cracks, cuts, tears or holes are discovered. If there is any discolouring of the gloves it may indicate that the gloves are damaged and must be discarded. Never use damaged gloves.
Cleaning of latex gloves should only be done in accordance with the manufacturers specifications. Never use chemicals, alcohols or volatile substances. Gloves should be stored in a dry, dark environment.
Always wear insulating gloves with leather outer gloves. Never wear leather outer gloves as protection on their own. Low Voltage gloves should be at least 25mm longer than the outer glove to prevent arcing. This distance must increase for High Voltage gloves. It is recommended that inner cotton gloves are also worn to absorb moisture and sweat. Always comply with the applicable standards.
Information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute any advice. You should obtain independent advice from your applicable Electrical Safety Board before making any decisions. Although NATEX has made these instructions available in good faith, NATEX does not give any warranty or representation as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of the information.
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